The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
Over talkers are exhausting. You know the type. They talk. You listen. Their words go on and on, and they seem to defy the necessity of breathing. On a work trip, I had the displeasure of listening to an over-talker for way too long in the airport. The airport operated at a low hum. People are shuffling from gate to gate, and others are looking for signage with urgency. On this day, the airport seemed more like a library. People listened to headphones and read books. I found the environment relaxing until “he” walked up.
A man appeared in his early twenties and locked eyes with a young woman right in front of me. At first, she welcomed the conversation, but her posture changed. He drifted back and forth between favorite music styles, artists, and then movies, and she shifted back and forth and politely held her own. I felt terrible for her. Her place in line kept her captive to this guy. In all honesty, he looked harmless and sounded obnoxious. His unawareness made me feel bad for him. I couldn’t tell if he was flirting with her or unaware of himself. Whatever the reason, silence and self-control were in short supply.
The author of this hard-hitting proverb says it well, “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19, NLT
Talking without intention leads a man to foolish speech, rash judgments, and unnecessary arguments. The words of James echo through the ages, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”
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